Manchester City's Champions League campaign was salvaged by Sergio Aguero against Bayern Munich last night, who is fast becoming a legend amongst Citizens fans. However, had Manchester United, Liverpool or Chelsea been on the ball, the Argentine may never have arrived at the Etihad.
Aguero took another step towards world-class status against the Bavarian giants, completing a stunning hat-trick in injury time to seal a 3-2 win. He cost Manchester City £38 million to sign from Atletico Madrid in 2011, but performances like these make that look like some bargain.
It also puts into perspective the gargantuan mistake that Sir Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho made in 2006 when they turned down the chance to sign him from Independente.
Big asking price
According to the Daily Star, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool were all interested in signing the 18-year-old Aguero, but were put off by the club's asking price. Real Madrid were also aware of his extraordinary talents, but opted against paying the £19 million required.
Atletico Madrid were the only club to see value in the deal and they reaped the benefits massively. Aguero scored 74 La Liga goals in 175 appearances before leaving for Manchester City for twice what they paid for him.
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Proven his worth
Aguero has only impressed further for the Citizens, bagging an impressive 64 Premier League goals in just 99 appearances. Having signed a five-year deal worth £150,000-a-week earlier this year, the striker is certainly worth more than the £38 million Manchester City paid.
It could be considered a rare lack of judgement from both Ferguson and Mourinho, who were in charge of Manchester United and Chelsea at the time respectively. Both were considered excellent prospectors when it came to young talent, but their abilities failed them on this occasion.
"I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there" - Sergio Aguero
However, it seemed Liverpool had the best chance to sign him as he stated that moving to Anfield would have been a dream for him in 2006.
Quoted in the same report, he said: "If I had to choose a league then it would be the Premier League.
"I have been a Liverpool fan for as long as I can remember and it would be a dream to play there.
"I watched the Champions League final and celebrated every goal as if it was for Independiente."